Officials Sleep it Off After Car Gets Stuck at Roadside

Police suspect two Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) officials of driving one of the organization’s vehicles while drunk after they spent Friday night sleeping inside their car after it veered off the road and into a ditch in Battambang province.

The CMAC-owned vehicle careered off National Road 57 at about midnight on Friday and became stuck in a trough, according to Yon Yi, O’Mal commune police chief.

“Both of the men slept inside the car until morning, which suggests they may have been drunk,” he said.

“If [the driver] was not drunk, it is not likely he would have veered off the road.”

Mr. Yi said that at about 5 a.m., passersby saw the car and knocked on the windows to wake the men.

At 9 a.m., CMAC sent another vehicle and pulled the car back onto the road. Chan San, deputy director of CMAC’s Demining Unit 2 in Battambang province, said the two officials—whose identity he did not reveal—had brought a patient to the hospital and were on their way home when the headlights of a passing car caused them to crash.

He said the men slept in the vehicle to keep it safe overnight.

“It is just a minor thing,” he said.

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